The winners of the Childcare Works Award 2012 have announced at a ceremony in Belfast City Hall.
The Awards, which recognise organisations that are innovative in their approach to family friendly employment practices, were attended by employers across Northern Ireland. Initiatives such as flexible working, Childcare Vouchers and other employee benefits make it easier for parents to balance their home and work life.
The Awards were presented by Marie Marin, Employers For Childcare Charitable Group CEO, and Joanne Uprichard, Marketing Manager on behalf of media partner Belfast Telegraph, to the following companies:
Large Private Sector Company of the year- BDO Northern Ireland
Public Sector Organisation of the year- Police Service of Northern Ireland
Social Enterprise and Charity of the year- Action Cancer
Small Medium Enterprise of the year - McNeill and Selective Travel Management
The judges for this year’s awards were Professor Marie McHugh (Dean of the Ulster Business School, University of Ulster), Patricia Lewsley (Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People), Joanne Uprichard (Marketing Manager, Belfast Telegraph), Gavin Walker (Editor of Business First) and Julie Taylor (Managing Director of Integrity NI and Board Member of Employers For Childcare Charitable Group).
The remaining finalists were: Andor Technology; Argento; Banbridge District Council; Cancer Focus Northern Ireland; Legal-Island; Northern Ireland Hospice; North West Regional College and Novosco Ltd.
Some local employers were on hand to share their experiences of the benefits of providing and promoting family friendly policies. Charlotte Elliott, Regional People Manager at ASDA, demonstrated the value of their family friendly working practices and David Gavaghan, CEO of Titanic Quarter, explained why he endorses organisations supporting their employees with families.
Marie Marin, Employers For Childcare Charitable Group, CEO said “We were encouraged by the number of companies that are actively promoting family friendly initiatives which not only motivate staff and help with retention but allow many parents to remain in full-time employment after having children.”